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MONDAY, November 14, 2011

For the first time, the Aflac duck of TV fame will join Charlie Brown and Snoopy in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Executives had to be persuaded to use the customary neoprene rubber to construct the float.  They wanted to blow up Gilbert Gottfreid.

A graduate student at M.I.T. has patented a portable vacuum cleaner that's made out of the box it comes in.  And for the really cost-conscious, prepackaged dust is available for a slight extra charge.

Michele Bachmann promises that if she ever becomes president, she'll have presidents Reagan, Garfield and Coolidge added to Mt. Rushmore.  And she says they'll be carved by a real sculptor, not naturally formed like the present ones.

A crowd of Wall Street protesters camped in a Sacramento park clashed with a group of homeless people who claimed squatters rights.  Governor Jerry Brown was so confused, he didn't know which group to pitch his tent with.
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